18 January 2021
This week, I have an exciting conversation with pioneer Indonesian Comic Reggy Hasibuan! In this lengthy and informative episode, Reggy breaks down how Indonesia has been coping with Covid and how their government and ministries reacted to the pandemic. He notes the rise of jogger and riders who don’t wear masks and how even international news can’t compare to national scandals.
He shares what the comedy scene in Indonesia is like and how extensive and widely beloved the art has become over the recent years. He reminisces on how he became the first Indonesian and english speaking comic on youtube, how the comments sections initially traumatise him and how his comedic heroes inspired him to go on and develop his own style of comedy.
He also breaks down how the stand up and comedy scene blew up in Jakarta and spread to the other provinces, the multitude of backgrounds and characters of the comics and how stand up has given everyone, especially those who come from poverty a voice and chance to share their story. He explains how difficult it is to rise in ranks and how much harder it is to stay relevant in mainstream entertainment, the persisting drug problem and the amount of effort it takes for both comics and audiences to get to a comedy show.
He gives me the run down of taboo subjects in the country, shares a story on how a group of comedians almost got arrested because of dates, how religious Indonesia is and the strong influence Islam, and its various teachings have and how it affects the country, the comedy scenes and their entire way of life.
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So after the audition, our group was hanging out. I realised I’m not alone in liking stand-up comedy, and apparently you are too. We are here. Let’s make a show, you know! Right so they made a show, uploaded to youtube and it became viral and that was the start!
Enjoy the episode and stay safe guys!
14 January 2020
Hey guys, today on The Other Show, I check on you guys after a long hiatus and I apologise for the taking so long to record this episode. I explain why I’ve been late on the updates, what it’s like working with my dad and how exhausting it has been for me in the recent weeks. I briefly introduce my new partner in podcast production and what we have in the works. I introduce my guest for this upcoming Saturday and how we met and became friends and how the pandemic allowed this interview to happen. I continue this week’s grab story with a couple I picked up on Happy New Year and how their argument in the car made things very awkward for everyone.